April 2, 2020

Additional Analysis of APD Racial Profiling Data: Reasons for 2018 Motor Vehicle Stops

In January 2020, the Office of Police Oversight, the Office of Innovation, and the Equity Office released "Joint Report: Analysis of APD Racial Profiling Data," which examined the Austin Police Department's motor vehicle stop data from 2015 to 2018. This addendum provides more data analysis on the reasons for motor vehicle stops in 2018.

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Chart 1: The majority of 122,185 stops conducted in 2018 were due to moving traffic violations (70.71%), while the least amount of stops were due to pre-existing knowledge (0.37%). APD to include the specific ‘moving traffic violation’ that occurred and details regarding the ‘violation of law other than traffic’ category in the Open Data Portal. APD to include the sector where the stop occurred in their racial profiling citation data similar to how it is included in the arrest and field observation/warning data in order to analyze geographic trends. The data demonstrates moving traffic violations make up a majority of the reasons for motor vehicle stops and stops resulting in arrests. The Office of Police Oversight, the Office of Innovation, and the Equity Office developed the following recommendations for APD to increase the transparency of their data: The Office of Police Oversight, the Office of Innovation, and the Equity Office released the Joint Report: Analysis of APD Racial Profiling Data, which examined APD's motor vehicle stop data from 2015-2018. This addendum provides additional analysis of the reasons for the motor vehicle stops in 2018. For more information on the sources on data below, see the Racial Profiling Report. Additional Analysis of APD Racial Profiling Data: Reasons for 2018 Motor Vehicle Stops Chart 2: The majority of 11,214 stops that resulted in arrests in 2018 were due to moving traffic violations (73.06%). Only 3.22% of motor vehicle stops that resulted in arrests are attributed to pre-existing knowledge (i.e. warrant). Chart 3.1-3.3: Black/African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos are disproportionality overrepresented in all the motor vehicle stop outcomes, while Whites and Asians are underrepresented.
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